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Quote of the day No 237

Thursday 8 December 2016

We had timed our return to the Grand Union to coincide with the reopening of Blisworth tunnel, which at one and three-quarter miles is the longest navigable tunnel on the English waterways. It had been closed for nearly four years for major reconstruction of the middle section at the time we turned at Gayton junction down on to the Nene, and had been reopened with much rejoicing and a grand ceremony as we returned up the Nene.

The years during which Blisworth had been shut had caused intense frustration to boaters, effectively culling off the southern waterways from the Midlands and northern ones. It left the Oxford as the only through route and that canal narrowbeam and heavily silted in parts, with recurring problems of water shortage and already over-used at peak periods was not suited to take much additional traffic, particularly the older traditional boats.

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